How To Choose Assisted Living

With thousands of assisted living communities located across the country, and more than 500 located in Virginia, how does a person choose the best assisted living community for themselves or a loved one?

There are many options to consider when selecting an assisted living community. All assisted living communities in Virginia that care for four or more residents must be licensed by the Virginia Department of Social Services, but they are not all alike. 

Anyone considering assisted living care should tour the communities to see which one is the best for them or their loved one. During the tour, there are many aspects to consider. Some of those aspects are listed below. 
  • ​Location of the community.​
  • Should it be in the city, the country, or somewhere in between?
  • Do you want grass, trees, and/or mountains to look at?
  • Should it be in an area that has public transportation?
  • Types of care and residential services offered by the community.
  • The physical layout of the building and grounds of the community.
  • The physical layout, including size, of the residential apartments and common areas.
  • The cost of the rent and services of the community. 
  • The "feel" you get when you actually visit the community.
The Virginia Assisted Living Association (VALA) has a brochure we can send to you complimentary that is a Guide to Choosing an Assisted Living Community. Please call (804) 332-2111 if you would like one sent to you. 

To begin your search for an assisted living community in Virginia, click here to get contact information for a community in your preferred area.

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